3But even standing perfectly still, she felt new stings by the dozen.
, she needed to get to the car. But by what path?Suddenly she jumped as she felt a hand touch her shoulder. Then sherealized it was Damon. He
d come for her, despite having to walk through acloud of malach the whole way, and with him he
d brought protection, theprotection of Power. It was opened out over them like an umbrella, keepingmost of the stingers off
not all, but most.
he said, and added briefly,
s probably better not to open your eyes yet.
No kidding, Elena thought, and she was grateful for his assistance as heguided her back to the car, circling tumbleweeds which were no longerstationary, according to Damon, but were rolling toward them, trying to cutthem off from the car.When they reached the vehicle, Elena realized that they
d left the frontdoors open. Malach had fallen inside, but fortunately not too many
the anglewas wrong when that other car had hit the tumbleweed that had exploded.Elena got in the car, clenching her teeth against the pain of the hundredsof pricks as her body made contact with the fabric of the seats. She couldn
tbear to put a seatbelt on.Damon drove slowly on Silverado.
Where are you going? We need to get these malach out of us, fast!
I know. I
m looking for a turnoff, a trail into woodlands or somethingwhere we can have privacy,